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A report from REDFIN shows Seattle as number 9 for the 10 best cities for boaters. See full report at REDFIN.
ATHENS, N.Y. – Elco Motor Yachts, a leader in electric and hybrid marine propulsion for more than 120 years, is applying its expertise to the electric outboard motor category. The company is launching a new line of 5- and 7-horsepower motors that provide all the signature benefits of Elco’s electric inboard motors. See full story at Boating Industry:
August, 2014, The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation.
This final rule separately lists a fee of $26 to cover the current costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard. It will increase the annual Certificate of Documentation fee collections so that they more accurately reflect the actual costs to the Coast Guard of providing the documentation services. See USCG press release.
More boats, new shoreside and in-water exhibitors, seminars, docking classes and new food vendors for 2014.
SEATTLE – August 11, 2014 – Regular attendees at Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will notice quite a few new attractions this year —from the addition of seminars and in-water docking classes to a new layout, new exhibitors, new food vendors, and entertainment for the kids provided by Disney Radio. First-timers will no doubt be mesmerized by the wide variety of boats on display—from sport boats to sailboats, trawlers to mega yachts and everything in between. This year’s show is also notable for having more boats than any time since 2007. The show opens on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014 and is sponsored by Word Yachts. View full press release here.
SEATTLE — The number of people arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence during Seafair weekend was lower as of Sunday evening than in years past.
The beautiful weather brought more than 60 boaters to the lake Saturday for the Roosevelt Poker Run. Then it took a turn for the worse. Boaters were hit with wind, rain, rain and large waves. Witnesses said the storm lasted for nearly 25 minutes as boaters struggled to hold onto their boats.
August 6th, 2014 > SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say two small power boats sustained a glancing blow as they passed each other Tuesday evening on Lake Washington. A 50-year-old woman was transported to a Seattle hospital for minor injuries to her ribs and back. See full report at KOMO News:
Those attempting to enter Andrews Bay on Seafair Saturday afternoon are left scratching their heads after being turned away. At the conclusion of the Blue Angels Air Show, vessels not associated with the log boom were cleared to proceed into the area. Many at the south end turning the corner around Bailey Peninsula into Andrews Bay got a shock when they realized the barge for that nights fireworks display was sitting right in the middle. Confusion ensued. View full story here.
The fleet is arriving today and tours begin on Wednesday. The Blue Angels arrived and a practice session over Lake Washington begins on Thursday. Hydro qualifying starts Friday and races on Saturday & Sunday. There’s talk of an air show Friday, Saturday and Sunday…Happy Seafair!
A young woman was killed Wednesday night when a sailboat and power boat collided on Lake Washington.
The operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence of alcohol. The accident happened North of Leschi around 10:40 p.m. Both boats were towed to a dock located at Lake Washington Blvd and East Jefferson Street in Seattle. See KIRO 7 News report.
SEATTLE– July 14, 2014– Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will get underway this year on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014. Click here to view full press release and details.
VICTORIA — A Victoria man will make an attempt to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles, perhaps as soon as Sunday.
Darren Bachiu, 36, thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.
He cannot find any record of anyone making the crossing on a paddleboard, which he uses to explore Vancouver Island's coast.
“This is a challenge. I will give it a go and hope to get it done on the first run,” Bachiu said.
If, for some reason he fails to make it on that first try, he said he plans to try again until he succeeds.
“I will paddle until my arms fall off,” he said.
The timing of his attempt will depend on tides and weather. Tides would work in his favor on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and look even better on July 15, Bachiu said. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.
ANACORTES — The Fire Department battled a fire on a 40-foot boat in the ...Anacortes Marina. The boat is located in the A dock, Fire Chief Richard Curtis said, but nearby boats have already been moved to a safe location.
“What we’ve done so far is removed the boats next to it so we don’t have the exposure,” Curtis said. The boat was unoccupied, officials said. No one has been injured fighting the fire. Source: GoSkagit.com
SEATTLE | June 23rd -- A crew from the ferry boat Wenatchee rescued a man who had been knocked off his boat into the chilly waters of Elliott Bay Monday afternoon.
The Coast Guard... received a distress call around 11 a.m., stating a man was clinging to the side of his boat in the waters near the Elliott Bay Marina, said Kyle Moore with Seattle Fire. The man eventually fell into the water.
The Washington State ferry Wenatchee and Coast Guard responded to help, with a crew from the Wenatchee reaching the man first and plucking him from the water. See full story at KOMO News:
Aerial footage of the M/V Polar Bear in San Diego on June 19th.
Local kayakers and SUP-ers invited to spend a day on the water paddling to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research
SEATTLE – June 11, 2014 – We’re all familiar with raise the paddle. It’s that moment at an auction or fundraiser event when you’re asked to dig deep, open your wallet and make a monetary donation directly towards the non-profit hosting the event. However on July 26, raise your paddle will mean something entirely different. At the inaugural Paddle for Parkinson’s regional event, organizers are inviting all paddlers and want-to-be paddlers to come out and raise their paddles and dip them into the water for a 4-mile race or a 1-mile fun paddle to raise awareness for Parkinson disease (PD). Event organizers hope the fun day on the water will raise $10,000 to benefit the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).
A crane on Monday off Whidbey Island hauled up a lost ship’s anchor that a group of history buffs believe is the only surviving relic of Capt. George Vancouver’s famed 1792 voyage into Puget Sound. See full story at The Seattle Times.
SEATTLE -- If you're a boater on Puget Sound what you pay to moor at marine state parks could be going up. Washington State Parks is asking boaters for their ideas and feedback before any fee changes are made.
Boaters are invited to take an online 30-question confidential survey that takes about five to 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is June 15th.
It currently costs 60 cents a foot to moor on a state park dock overnight. The state is asking boaters if they would consider paying 80 cents a foot. That means a 30-foot boat would pay approximately $25 per night. The agency is also asking boaters to consider an increase for buoy moorage. Overnight moorage on buoy could increase from $12 to $15. Annual moorage and seasonal permits could also change. Full story at KOMO News.
The Atlas Van Lines, also known as the ‘Blue Blaster,’ is set to run at Seafair this summer after more than four years of restoration work by crew members at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent. See full story at Auburn Reporter.